Natalie Merchant - When They Ring the Golden Bells Lyrics

Natalie Merchant Ophelia cover art
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There’s a land beyond the river
that they call the sweet forever
and we’ll only reach that shore
by Faith’s decree
one by one we’ll gain the portals
there to dwell with the immortals
when they ring the golden bells for you and me

don’t you hear the bells now ringing
don’t you hear the angels singing
to say glory hallelujah
to believe
in the far off sweet forever
just beyond the shining river
when they ring the golden bells for you and me

we shall know no sin or sorrow
in that river of tomorrow
when our hearts shall sail beyond our silvery sea
we shall only know the blessing
of our fathers sweet caressing
when they ring the golden bells for you and me

don’t you hear the bells now ringing
don’t you hear the angels singing
to say glory hallelujah
to Believe
in the far off sweet forever
just beyond the shining river
when they ring the golden bells for you and me

when our days shall know their number
when in death we sweetly slumber
when the king commands the spirit to be free
never more with anguish laden
we shall reach that lovely Eden
when they ring the golden bells for you and me
when they ring the golden bells for you and me


Track Listing
HDCD 1
  • 1 Ophelia
  • 2 Life Is Sweet
  • 3 Kind & Generous
  • 4 Frozen Charlotte
  • 5 My Skin
  • 6 Break Your Heart
  • 7 King of May
  • 8 Thick as Thieves
  • 9 Effigy
  • 10 The Living
  • 11 When They Ring the Golden Bells


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    writers: Ian Lewis
    album: Track 11 in album Ophelia
    release date: 1998-5-19
    popularity : 74 users have visited this page.
    genres: Pop Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Folk Rock/Soft Rock
    length: 9:34
    drums: Peter Yanowitz
    conductor: Gavin Bryars
    vocal: Karen Peris and Natalie Merchant
    performer: Fretwork
    double bass: William Hunt
    mixer: Jim Scott
    engineer: Todd Vos and Rupert Coulson
    electric guitar: Don Peris
    arranger: Gavin Bryars
    acoustic guitar: Karen Peris
    viola da gamba: Susanna Pell, Wendy Gillespie, Julia Hodgson and Richard Campbell
    bass guitar: Graham Maby
    theorbo: Christopher Wilson
    assistant mixer: Mike Scotella
    assistant engineer: Ricky Graham
    tenor recorder: Pamela Thorby
    composer: Natalie Merchant
    lyricist: Natalie Merchant
    writer: Dion de Marbelle
    Album Information
    label: Elektra
    country(area): United States
    format: HDCD
    barcode: 075596219624
    script: Latin